Several random thoughts run through my small brain all at once. -I'm
so sorry for the families of the dead, I grieve for those injured, the numbers
of paralyzed and those with deep emotional injuries they will never lose. -I'm extremely proud of the aircraft maker Boeing for the thousands of
safety features allowing all but a few to survive one of the most destructive
criminal misuses of an aircraft I have ever known. Imagine previous generations
of airframes that would not have given many passengers the time to escape to
survive the impact not to mention the fires. Take a trip through the database
Airline Safety Network if you don't "get" my point and view the
reports of every air disaster or accident since airlines began flying.-To
key on this girls death misses a point, yes she lost her life but could she have
survived long enough to reach the hospital, we don't know, she was very
likely gravely injured being thrown from the aircraft. Her family needs to know
that had time been taken to find, rescue their daughter many lives could have
been lost with the delay in beating the fire down
Such a tragedy. And the guilt the firefighters are feeling must be awful. Those
guys dedicate their lives to SAVING people. I just hope that they
never ID which truck ran her over. The driver of that truck would be devastated,
even though he could hardly be expected to recognize a human body lying under a
foot of foam.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that other crews had arrived first and by
the time the tragedy occurred, the young lady was covered with about a foot of
fire retardant foam. Let's not be too quick to judge.
Incompetent? How many times do you think there are actual crashes in this
country where firecrews can practice every crash scenario. Add to the fact that
such events are seldom without some dire consequences. Think of all the tragic
deaths from friendly fire in war. Those involved in intense scenarios face
massive challenges that require split decisions with limited "real" time
to think. Practice, rehearse, gameplay, etc., there is no substitute for the
real thing and if you've ever experienced it you know that it is a
monumental challenge. In the US, the prior fatalities from a commercial flight
was 4 years ago. The last fatality at SFO before Asiana? 1964.There
is no question in my mind that we're exceptionally competent, but that
chaotic situations often result in tragedy. The pain of the situation for the
families may only be lessened by time, but I have no doubt that those facing the
Asiana situation were and are competent. Perfect? No, but competent.
America incompetent? Have you ever been on the scene of a situation like an
airplane crash? Is every first responder supposed to be perfect all the time?
How many people die every year in car wrecks, fires or other disasters inspite
of the first responders' best efforts? No one can answer that question and
it doesn't need to be asked. Everyone feels for the young lady
and her family but if anyone is responsible for her death it would be the
airline and its employees not the first responders.
Is America really digressing to become this incompetent?